A Ladies Diary

Envelope Mini Album

I bought these Graphic 45 papers ages ago. They are so detailed and well designed. I've been waiting for just the right project to utilise them. Last weekend I finished this little envelope album with these papers. I wanted to share the tutorial on Youtube from "Follow the Paper Trail" on how to make the spine and pages for one of these little books. It's so easy and inexpensive. I'll definitely being making more!

I used seven standard sized  envelopes to create this album and nine smaller envelopes to create the small tag holders on each page. The tags are all made separately to fit each envelope.

With the tags, I varied the use of each one. Some can be used to journal on, others are blank so photos can be added and the remainder are just pretty to look at. 

The cover is made from two pieces of chip board. I use a piece of patterned paper to join the front and back and cover the spine. The whole book is edged with washi tape and I decorate the front using Prima flowers. I hung some little trinkets from the spine to give it some dimension.

The first page of the book includes the inside cover. I've used up lots of my scraps on this book, which is always a good thing. I've also added some free printables that I found on Pinterest. They come from The Graphic Fairy I use this site heaps for free pics to add to projects.

The second page has some additions from the Kaszazz range. I used Vintage Globe, Vintage clock and Angel wings. I added colour and shading with the Kaszazz Alcohol Ink Markers. The vintage clock is muted by applying Picket Fence Distress Stain over it.

The third Page is much simpler. Again I've used a Kasazz stamp from the Vintage Flourish Set but I've also used  Prima wooden clock embellishment. Notice every page is covered with vintage book paper. I scrounge around in old book shops when I see them. They provide the best background paper.

The fourth page is a combination of the Graphic 45 paper and a free printable. I use Martha Stewart punches to create the lace doily look on the bottom of the picture on the right hand side. I love theses edge punches. They help to add femininity to a piece.

Page five is a very simple design. I made it especially for some journalling to be added. Down in the right hand corner of the Graphic 45 "Remember" journal panel is a little Shrinky Dink bird cage. I am a shrinky Dink addict. This bird cage is a picture from the Internet but often I'll shrink stamped images. It's also coloured using the Kasazz Alcohol Ink Markers as they stay on any surface including plastic. The other side of this page is the map out of the vintage book I used. I love it when books have maps in them relating to the story. My favourite one would have to be the map that is in the "Lord of the Rings" books. TIP: If you like something such as a map in a book but can't bare to use it as it's too old, valuable or has sentimental meaning, then scan it and save the image. You can use it over and over again. I did this with a really old magazine I bought. It's too rare to go cutting up!

Page 6 is room for another journal entry. I love these panels that designers create when they do a series. I never used to by panel papers because I was really only a 12x12 scrapper but now that I make many and varied off the page projects, I've found them to come in handy, in particular in mini albums etc. On the top of the right hand side of this page, I put some soft fairy tulle, folded over and gathered onto some double sided tape.

Page 7 Uses a combination of the Graphic 45 paper and free printables again. The left hand side small envelope pocket is trimmed with lace that I coloured with the Kaszazz Alcohol Ink Markers. I've pulled the tag from the right hand side out a little to show how they slot inside the envelope pages easily.

Finishing touches to the little album include, washi tape down the centre of each page break. It not only helps to keep the book together but also covers up the gap the stacker spine creates with it's design. Lots of ribbon, lace and string etc attached to the pages and tags gives it dimension and fills it up.

Give this mini album a go. It's easy to make and would look great with any paper design. 

Cheers for now


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